Epsom salt, which is named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in England, is a naturally occurring pure mineral, that contains vital magnesium and sulfate compounds, which can be absorbed through the skin.
Magnesium plays a number of important roles in the body. It regulates the activity of over 325 enzymes, reduces inflammation, aids muscle and nerve function and helps to prevent artery hardening. Magnesium aids in the production of serotonin, increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP.
Magnesium and calcium metabolism are closely related and magnesium is known to be critical in the proper use of calcium, which serves as a main conductor of the electric impulses in your body. Magnesium plays a role in vitamin D metabolism.
Sulfates improve the absorption of vital nutrients, flush toxins and can ease migraine headaches.
The health benefits of a nice warm bath with Epsom salt include easing pain and relieving inflammation, relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating colds and congestion. That’s why it is so beneficial to have a bath with Epsom salt after a massage. It amplifies the beneficial effects of the massage and prevents muscle soreness the next day.
Because proper magnesium and sulfate levels increase the effectiveness of insulin in the body, magnesium sulfate can help lower the risk or severity of diabetes.
If all those wonderful health benefits of Epsom Salt make you want to have a nice, warm bath right now, go ahead and treat yourself!
Once you are done with your bath, you might also want to treat your plants to some Epsom salt. Magnesium is an essential element in the chlorophyll molecule in plants and when added to the soil, provides vital nutrients that help prevent yellowing leaves and the loss of green color. You can sprinkle Epsom salt crystals directly on the soil around your house and garden plants.
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